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High School Sports Blog

The latest news and analysis on high-school sports around the Seattle area

January 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Players to watch at the King Holiday Hoopfest

mlkbball_cbr_03.jpgSeattle Times photo by Courtney Blethen Riffkin

I was asked to put together a list of the top players in Monday’s King Holiday Hoopfest on Twitter, and I had a few minutes so I thought I would take a team-by-team look at some of the top talent in the event.

It’s a day I look forward to every year. Click here for schedule and TV information.

Girls

Woodinville (11-1)

Ali Forde — The 6-foot-1 senior averages 13.5 points per game.

Deidre Miller — Also a 6-1 senior, Miller averages almost 10 points.

Cleveland (11-1)

Makayla Roper — The sophomore guard/forward is Cleveland’s leading scorer at 12.9 points per game.

Myzhanique Ladd — Ladd is the Eagles’ second-leading scorer, averaging 10.8

Alexia Mefi — Averages nine points.

Boys

Lake Washington (8-4)

Darien Nelson-Henry — The 6-10 Pennsylvania-bound big man is a force in the paint.

Matt Staudacher — A talented shooter is the Kangaroos second-leading scorer, one of three Lake Washington players averaging double figures.

Lincoln (10-2)

Tre’Shaun Lexing and Isaac Barsh — Lincoln has athletes and, when I watched them play Franklin Lexing and Barsh scored 18 points apiece.

Jefferson (Oregon) (6-5)

I don’t know a lot about this year’s Jefferson team but, after starting 2-5, the Democrats are playing some good basketball.

Jefferson is a young team that starts a junior and four sophomores and, according to the Oregonian, Victor Sanders (a junior) is the Democrats’ leading scorer, averaging 20.

Bothell (6-5)

The Cougars haven’t gotten off to the start I thought they were capable of in the preason, but they have one of the most talented backcourts in the state with juniors Zach LaVine (25 points per game) and Perrion Callandret (17).

O’Dea (8-5)

Senior Jalen Ward is one of the top point guards in the state, setting up easy shots for Sekou Wiggs (22 points per game) and Dana Abe (16).

Sophomore Jacob Lampkin is a player to keep an eye on.

Franklin (11-2)

The Quakers are a balanced team with four players — Patrick Ball (15 ppg), Cody Russell (14), Arell Hennings (12), Anddrew Hawkins (10) — averaging double figures.

Hennings is one of the top point guards in the state.

Long Beach Poly (11-1)

The Jackrabbits, ranked No. 26 in the nation by ESPNHS, are led by one of the top juniors in the country, 6-8 forward Jordan Bell, who is one of the top shot blockers in the country.

In a game against Compton Bell had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks. Roschon Prince, a 6-6 junior, is Long Beach Poly’s leading scorer, averaging 20 per game.

Rainier Beach (12-0)

The Vikings are led by Kansas-bound senior Anrio Adams (22 ppg), but have plenty of help around him.

Will Dorsey (10 ppg) is playing well at point guard and Marquis Davis (12 ppg) is a fantastic all-around athlete.

Rainier Beach is young, but the coaching staff believes this year’s talent rivals that of any of the Vikings’ state-title teams.

Lakes (6-5)

The defending Class 3A champions are better than their record would indicate. It all starts in the middle with 6-9 big man Zach Banner. One of the most coveted linemen in the country, Banner is also a force on the basketball floor.

But the senior has a solid group around him.

Garfield (8-3)

With Tony Wroten Jr. playing at the UW, it seemed like the Bulldogs were headed for a down year. However, junior Tucker Haymond (24 ppg) has picked up his scoring this season and Tre’Vaunte Williams (a transfer from Foster) provides a nice presence in the post.

Federal Way (7-3)

The Eagles are young, but developing quickly. Brayon Blake and DeeShawn Tucker both average better than 14 points a game.

Seattle Prep (10-2)

The Panthers have as much veteran leadership as any team in Washington, led by Mitch Brewe (16 ppg). D.J. Fenner is averaging 15 and sophomore Josh Martin is due for a breakout game.

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